FRANCE: Danone H1 profits down but sticks to FY goals

Danone today (25 July) reported a drop in half-year profits, hurt by weak dairy and baby food volumes, but the French group maintained its full-year targets.

NETHERLANDS/UK: Unilever sees lacklustre H1 food sales

Unilever missed first-half organic sales expectations as a continued slowdown in emerging markets and a lacklustre performance from its food business impacted the group's top line result.

CANADA/US: M&A-hungry dairy co-op Agropur in Davisco deal

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has pounced again, with a deal for Davisco Foods International's dairy-processing assets in the US, Europe and China.

On the move: What's in store from Tesco's new CEO?

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke is to step down and be replaced by Unilever executive Dave Lewis in October. Manufacturers doing business in the UK may be waiting with baited breath to see if Lewis will respond to Tesco's problems by focusing more on price.

Sustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.

Shopper trends: World Cup - victory for retailers?

Now that the football World Cup has come and gone, Tim Eales, director of strategic insight at IRI, examines whether it provided a much-need...

Focus: Barriers remain to EU-US free trade talks

European food manufacturers welcomed progress on a transatlantic free trade deal at a meeting of negotiators and business leaders in Brussel...

On the money: Bimbo forecasts US volume recovery

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, after seeing underlying sales volumes in the US come under pressure during the first six months of the year, has p...

Comment: Danone could be mulling strategy shift

The spotlight will turn on Danone's strategy to grow its sales and profits tomorrow (25 July) when the group reports its second-quarter resu...

Why whole sector should take heed of meat scrutiny

The meat supply chain is in the spotlight this week, with allegations in the UK and China of poor and potentially unsafe practices at firms...

Focus: Progress but Campbell faces questions

Campbell Soup Co., the US-based food group, is a business that has, in recent years, attempted to reshape its portfolio more towards faster-...

Danone H1 profits down but sticks to FY goals

Dean Best | 25 Jul 14

Danone today (25 July) reported a drop in half-year profits, hurt by weak dairy and baby food volumes, but the French group maintained its full-year targets.

Unilever sees lacklustre H1 food sales

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 14

Unilever missed first-half organic sales expectations as a continued slowdown in emerging markets and a lacklustre performance from its food business impacted the group's top line result.

Hershey sees H1 profits up as Q2 accelerates

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 14

Hershey booked an increase in first-half profits this morning (24 July) despite "headwinds" from rising input costs and sales elasticity.

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The just-food interview part one: Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby 24 Jul 14

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc is emerging from the long shadow of its debt burden with a new refinancing package and a clear mandate to grow its categories and brands. But, in the tough UK operating environment, growth is proving hard to come by. Premier CEO Gavin Darby speaks to just-food about balancing the need to invest in Premier's stable of well-known brands - as well as some of the more neglected areas of its business - while also managing a fragile balance sheet.

Interview: Bell Group CFO hits out at sausage cartel ruling 22 Jul 14

Dean Best

In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for allegedly fixing the price of one of the country's staples - sausages. Companies including Nestle, Bell Group and Zur Muhlen Gruppe, Germany's largest sausage maker, were handed fines. Some will appeal, including Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat products group. Bell CFO Martin Gysin told Dean Best why the company believes it should not be penalised.

just the answer: Birds Eye UK Margaret Jobling 17 Jul 14

Katy Askew

European frozen food maker Iglo Group, the owner of brands like Birds Eye, is working to change the way people think about frozen food in a bid to double its size by 2020. The strategy, which was announced last year, puts innovation and a "new approach" to marketing front and centre. Katy Askew spoke to Birds Eye UK marketing director Margaret Jobling to find out more.

Food company interest in M&A to continue to climb - EY

Dean Best | 22 Jul 14

There has been an increase in M&A among companies in the food sector in recent months - and management consultants at EY expect to the trend to continue.

Could proxy fight hit PepsiCo?

Dean Best | 17 Jul 14

Nelson Peltz is not letting go. The US billionaire investor is continuing in his quest to get PepsiCo to split in two - and has reportedly suggested a proxy battle with the company could be on the horizon.

Bitesize: just-food's new SME interview section

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Jul 14

just-food has launched a section on its website dedicated to interviewing internationally-ambitious small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Campbell ready for more M&A

The US food group has sought to improve its growth prospects with a series of acquisitions in the last 18 months. However, it needs to do more and this week underlined it is ready for more M&A. Nevertheless, the path ahead will not be straight-forward.

Lindt dusts off chequebook for Russell Stover

The upmarket Swiss chocolate group makes its first acquisition since 1998, with a deal that gives it the number three spot in the US market.

The challenge of online retail

The meteoric rise of online sales channels presents food manufacturers with a unique challenge. Different needs in terms of packaging, marketing and presentation necessitate a rethink of brand strategies directed at bricks-and-mortar operations. just-food assesses the issue.

Sugar tax eyed as UK pledges to tackle obesity

UK public health officials have pledged to look at a range of ways to try to reduce the country's sugar consumption and the possibility of a sugar tax - always a subject of debate - is being considered.

Bread, Cakes and Pastries: A Global Market Overview

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Despite growing at a relatively sluggish pace, baked goods still continues to offer growth opportunities for manufacturers and retailers alike. Catering to indulgence trend in the some of the fastest growing markets in the world, pastries stand out as the biggest contributor to global growth. This report also covers how subsidies may impact bread purchases, and what the changing regulatory environment entails for manufacturers of baked goods... Read more

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